Why, opening restaurants in Miami, of course! Blogalicious was down SoBe last week, and discovered a Rodriguez resto, Ola, in the lobby of our hotel, the Sanctuary. Seriously, is it just us or does Philadelphia follow you wherever we go too? We sat at the bar, sipped a mojito, and tried to eavesdrop on conversations in Spanish while pretending to peruse the menu. Rodriguez, the opening chef at Alma de Cuba (and mentor of Jose Garces), has put together a ceviche selection that echoes Pasion, RIP—the one on the left is the Rainbow, shimming salmon wrapped around white corvina and topped with cubes of pink tuna. White soy, cilantro, sesame seeds, orange, lemon, and lime juice finish it off. Also tried a wonderful smoked Florida marlin club cured with vanilla and rum and flaky short rib empanadas streaked with spicy-sweet orange-rosemary marmalade. Can’t ask for better hotel dining.
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